Uncertain times have pushed Nevada Ballet Theatre’s new artistic director, James Canfield, to make some significant changes. Canfield, appointed in January, has laid off 10 of the company’s dancers and several administrative staffers. “It’s hard, but tough times will make us more committed, innovative and creative,” he says. (He hopes that NBT’s move to the new Smith Center for the Performing Arts in early 2012 will help draw the large audiences the company needs.) Canfield’s restructuring plan also includes the elimination of a ranking system. “I believe that the ensemble company allows for more opportunities for the entire roster of dancers and makes for a stronger, more well-rounded and diverse company," he says. Despite the recession, there’s happy news for ballet fans in Arkansas and Indiana. The directors of Ballet Arkansas—which hasn’t mounted a professional company in 12 years—recently announced that they have enough funds to support a troupe again; it will consist of six dancers under the artistic direction of Arleen Sugano. The revived BA’s first concert is scheduled for October 16–17. Meanwhile, newly formed Indianapolis City Ballet is the first ballet company to call the city home since Ballet Internationale folded more than four years ago. Chairman Robert R. Hesse is planning a gala performance for September 12. If the response is positive, Hesse will continue with the troupe, which will have 10 to 14 dancers and be led by former ABT II director John Meehan. -Laura Di Orio and Amanda Sillikier
Congratulations to this year's graduating seniors!
You might not have had the chance to take that long planned-for final bow, but we're here to cheer you on and celebrate all that you've accomplished. And we've brought together stars from across the ballet world to help us; check out the video to hear their best wishes for your futures.
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The charming and exuberant Antoinette Sibley became a principal at The Royal Ballet in 1960, when she was just 21 years old. Sibley dazzled alongside many danseurs during her career, including former principal Brian Shaw, a bravura dancer known for his virtuosic turns and jumps. The two were a natural cast for The Sleeping Beauty's Bluebird pas de deux, captured here in this 1963 film.
Updated on 5/27/2020
Since COVID-19 has forced ballet companies around the world to cancel performances—and even the remainder of their seasons—many are keeping their audiences engaged by streaming or posting pre-recorded performances onto their websites or social media channels. To help keep you inspired during these challenging times, we've put together a list of upcoming streaming events and digital performances.